Visite du patrimoine de Bandra: Arrive at Kala nagar (Bandra east) sky walk and walk over to witness the organised chaotic traffic snarls of a local Mumbaikar. Arrive at Bandra station and we meet our car over here to continue the drive through Chimbai Village to get feel of old Bandra, which is quite a blend old world charm and modern India. With the city’s largest Catholic population living in this area it boasts of largest number of Roman Catholic Churches in the world! The Catholic influence is a part of the areas’ charm; picturesque bungalows which are in today time more famous for their inhabitants who quite often are Film personalities.
Walk of the Stars adds a little more glitz and glamour to its Bollywood style. The sea-facing promenade features the handprints and signatures of Bollywood stars embossed on brass plates on tiles along the path. Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Meena Kumari, Shammi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Sridevi are among the stars featured. The new Walk of the Stars will also feature several statues of Bollywood legends, including Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. The statues are life-size brass representations of each star, sitting on benches. Later proceed to The Mount Mary Church, it is the most prominent and largest and oldest church in the city. Castella de Aguada literally meaning “Fort of the Water point” is popularly known as Bandra Fort. Built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower to oversee the Arabian waters, the strategic value of this fort was enhanced in 1661 after the Portuguese ceded the 07 Islands of Bombay to the British.
Many popular mainstream Indian cinema films have been shot at this scenic location. Pali Hill one of the city’s most affluent residential area, which was many originally rich orchards and forest, that have over the years given way to large scale residential development. The only trace of green very evident across the area is abundance of Old Tall green trees that line the streets forming natural archways. Built on 03 hills, the posh housing can be reached through the meandering lanes and zigzag roads which add to the quintessential charm of the area. Bandra is a shopper’s delight! Linking Road offers the shopaholic an interesting variety of wares from clothes, to shoes to ladies bags… street shopping to branded stores and outlets dot this street luring the shopper with offers and sales all year through.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel at 8.30am.
Duration: Five hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.